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Winter Reading Centers - 5 Reading Comprehension Skill Stations - Winter Theme

Grade Levels
5th - 8th
Formats Included
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55 pages
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This resource contains five winter-themed learning centers for students to rotate through in small groups. Each learning center (or station) is designed to give students engaging and exciting learning experiences to practice, enrich, reteach, and enhance their learning. Students will visit each center with a small group and complete tasks and assignments. Students will create an interactive flip book to showcase their learning. In addition, they’ll “build” a snowman while their progress through the stations. Students will be able to add an element to their snowman after completing each reading comprehension task. Working both independently and with their small groups, students will have multiple opportunities to develop their reading comprehension skills and learn about the winter season.

In this set of Reading Comprehension Skills Centers students will practice the following reading skills:

  • Cause and Effect
  • Summarizing
  • Context Clues
  • Point of View
  • Finding the Main Idea

These centers are extremely versatile. They can be taught during a single class period, spread out over consecutive days, or taught at different times throughout the winter season. They’re perfect right before holiday breaks, too!

The centers are completely turn-key and include everything:

  • Center Implementation Guide (4 pages)
  • Center Table Labels (5)
  • Teacher Resources - Detailed Center Overview and Set-Up Guides (5)
  • Student Flip Book Handouts (where students record their work from each center – 6 pages)
  • Snowman Shape Handout (where students will be “building” their snowman as they work)
  • Center Materials (includes student directions - with extension activities and any resource students will need to complete the activity)
  • Grade Sheet (to track and grade student work)
  • Keys (for all center activities)

Winter Centers Overview:

Center 1: Cause and Effect

Students will cut apart winter-themed cause and effect cards. Then, they’ll sort the cards into causes and effects.

Center 2: Context Clues

Students will read a passage that contains challenging vocabulary. Then, they’ll use context clues to figure out the meaning of six words.

Center 3: Finding the Main Idea

At this center students will respond to nine task cards focused on finding the main idea. They’ll take turns reading the cards and completing the tasks.

Center 4: Point of View

Students will read a set of paired passages about a winter vacation. Then, they’ll work together to determine the author’s point of view in each passage.

Center 5: Summarizing

Students will read a nonfiction text about Susan Butcher. Then, they’ll identify key information from the text before writing a summary of the passage.

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Total Pages
55 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.


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